When it comes to your winter wardrobe, goal number one should be to protect yourself from cold weather. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun with winter fashion.
Consider these fashion ideas for staying toasty while looking great this winter.
Wear three layers
Your base layer might consist of silk underwear, a merino wool turtleneck, and leggings—thin, moisture-wicking basics that will keep you warm without making you sweat. Your middle layer can be something like a thick fleece for insulation. And the outer layer—a winter coat or parka—serves as a barrier against wind and rain.
Keep it tight
Tight-fitting clothing will help prevent wind chill. Swap wide-leg jeans for skinny jeans, which also help visually balance out oversize knit sweaters and chunky boots. Wear fleece-lined tights or leggings under skirts and dresses to keep your legs warm.
Wear long coats
Cropped puffers might be trendy, but if your aim is to stay warm, you need to keep your entire torso covered. Make sure you have at least one long sweater and coat for the coldest days.
Accept that you can pair sweaters with skirts
Try a chunky cable knit pullover with a knee-length pencil skirt. Looser maxi and midi skirts work with sweaters
Choose the right type of down
Down is a great material for keeping warm since it’s lightweight while also insulating. When it gets wet, however, it quickly loses its puff. Synthetic down is heavier, but it stands up to rain. For rainy weather, you’ll either want synthetic down or a separate rain shell to protect your down jacket.
Cotton is an amazing, breathable material, but it holds a lot of water, making it less ideal for winter weather. Save the plaid flannel shirts, corduroy pants, and college sweatshirts for fall and spring. If you have wool pants, wear those instead of denim.
Choose shoes with tread
If you live in a place with snow, choose shoes with tread to avoid slipping on ice. Wear them over thick wool socks to prevent frostbite.
Play with texture
Winter fashion doesn’t have to be boring. Incorporate texture into your look with ribbed and cable-knit cardigans, faux fur coats, shearling coats, leather pants, and quilted puffer coats.